Tag Archives: taxonomy

Beetling away for Biodiversity Month

Since September is Biodiversity Month, we’ll be offering a lot of biodiversity-themed posts, and the first has to be beetles. Why is that, I hear you ask? Well, it’s because insects have more species than any other class, and there … Continue reading

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Here be dragons

A tiny dragon was found laying eggs in a nest in the Lambusango Forest reserve in Indonesia. She may be related to the species Draco volans, a lizard which glides by spreading out folds of skin attached to movable ribs.You … Continue reading

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Using barcodes to identify unknown floras

What do you do when you don’t have a taxonomist to help identify plants? This situation  is faced all too often by field survey teams in tropical forests. And that’s where DNA barcoding comes in. DNA barcoding can help at … Continue reading

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Life strikes back – harnessing genomics to understand and value biodiversity

Edited notes from Research Tuesday public lecture 8th May 2012 It still seems amazing to me that we don‚t really know how many species there are on earth. In a famous study conducted in Panama in the 1980s, rainforest trees … Continue reading

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The Waxing and Waning of Life on Earth

Since we have only named 10% of all life on earth, we can expect some surprises from the field of taxonomy (the science that describes and names species). Recently genetic variation has been used as a standard ‘yard stick’ to … Continue reading

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